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The “despot comparison throwdown”Ã‚Â this week is justÃ‚Â just about to getÃ‚Â underway, and it’s a doozy. Today, our competitors are two heavy hitters in politics.
InÃ‚Â the redÃ‚Â corner, we have Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, solid conservative and former participant in this competition for once comparing the EPA to the Gestapo. When cornered, InhofeÃ‚Â is known toÃ‚Â lift old people with one hand and threaten to drop them:
In the blue corner, we have DNC Chairman Howard “Yeeaargh!” Dean. Dean’s skills include a highÃ‚Â decibalÃ‚Â yawp that makes the ears of political opponents run red with blue-state blood — it’s a yell that is also, coincidentally,Ã‚Â the mating call of the Tinitus Warbler. Dr. Dean has been known to sacrifice little kitties when cornered:
And we’re underway!
Inhofe hasÃ‚Â scoredÃ‚Â quickly by comparingÃ‚Â Al Gore’s global warming fright-fest to tactics used by the Nazis.
“It kind of reminds . . . I could use the Third Reich, the big lie,” Inhofe said.
“You say something over and over and over and over again, and people will believe it, and that’s their strategy.”
But the competition won’t take it lying down…
Doctor DeanÃ‚Â is counteringÃ‚Â the Inhofe strategy byÃ‚Â comparing Florida Senate candidate Katherine Harris to Joseph Stalin:
“Thank God for Bill Nelson, because we’d have another crook in the United States Senate if it weren’t for him. He is going to beat the pants off Katherine Harris. She doesn’t understand that it’sÃ¢â‚¬Â¦improper to be chairman of a campaign and count the votes at the same time. This is not Russia and she is not Stalin.”
ThisÃ‚Â gallant effort to compare the former Florida Secretary of State and currentÃ‚Â U.S. Representative toÃ‚Â the man who murdered 20 million peopleÃ‚Â earns DeanÃ‚Â a point. But what now?Ã‚Â Dean is still down 2 to 1?
This is where a good politician finds his second wind. This is what they’ve trained for.
DeanÃ‚Â is now pushing Inhofe, and the entire Republican party,Ã‚Â backÃ‚Â on the ropesÃ‚Â by calling Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki an “anti-Semite.” Ooh, that had to hurt!Ã‚Â This is, by default according to the judges, the equivalent of comparing every Republican to Adolph Hitler, and earns the man that his opponents call “The Vermont Vermin” another point. Howard Dean has tied the score at 2-2 right at the end of regulation!
Get readyÃ‚Â for the overtime! These two competitors do not like each other.
Some action now down in the bullpen. I see a Pol Pot reference warming up alongside an Osama bin Laden comparison. Will Dean and Inhofe go to the righty, or the lefty in the overtime?
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